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MARSEC Level Increased

As of April 15, 2013, the Captain of the Port of Boston has raised the MARSEC Level to MARSEC level 2 within the COPT Boston zone. Each owner or operator of a vessel or facility required to have a security plan under 33 CFR Parts 104 or 105 must notify the COTP at (617) 223-5242 within 12 hours of receipt of notification that measures or actions described in their security plan and any other requirements that may be imposed by the COTP that correspond with MARSEC Level 2 have been attained. Due to this heightened level of security, regulated vessels and facilities under the authority of the COTP and all maritime partners are asked to be aware of the higher threat conditions and to increase protective measures. Security plans should be reviewed with employees and additional security measures implemented, where appropriate. The maritime industry, boaters and general public are asked to maintain a high state of alert and vigilance and to contact the Sector Command Center at (617) 223-5757 or VHF channel 16 for immediate assistance. For information about operations in the U.S. contact GAC USA at  

Intertanko Develops Format for Reporting Inadequate Reception Facilities in U.S.

Intertanko, in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), has developed a format for reporting problems encountered with port reception facilities (or inadequate port reception facilities) in the United States. The USCG recommends that an inadequate port reception facility in the U.S. should be reported immediately to the local Captain of the Port (COTP) as recommended in 33 CFR 158.167. If that is not possible, or preferred

Cove Point LNG Proposal Under Review

The Coast Guard concluded two days of meetings today with local, state and federal officials as part of its ongoing review to help evaluate the suitability of the Chesapeake Bay for importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) aboard tankships. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore received a letter of intent to resume LNG import operations from the Williams Company at its Cove Point facility in Calvert County, Md., last October

Salvage Response under OPA 90: Non-Tankers are Next

Non-Tanker rules, stalled for several years, have now been accepted by the Office of Management and Budget and the final rule is expected to be out within the next 60 days.

Maritime casualties have always been tackled by a relatively small, egotistical, passionate and intrepid group of mariners called “salvors.”  Salvage as history knows it, however, may be taking a sharp turn as a result of the new game rules being injected by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).  Back in 2008 the USCG issued the tanker final rule for salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990

USCG Establishes Security Zone at Kailua Bay for Presidential Visit

Pictured is the Kailua Security Zone OUTREACH Illustration.

Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce a temporary security zone in the waters of Kailua Bay, Oahu. To ensure the safety of the President Obama, the temporary security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014, unless canceled earlier by the Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Shannon Gilreath. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other federal, state

Coast Guard’s Proposed Maritime Preemption Assessment Framework

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In the May 2013 issue of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, Dennis Bryant published a provocative article titled Rebuilding the Presumption of Preemption. Pointing to recent examples of state overreach in the maritime field like California’s ocean-going vessel fuel standard that extends seaward 24 miles (despite the fact that the federal Submerged Lands Act limits the state’s jurisdiction to 3 miles)

Legislative Insider: Compliance with the New Security Standards

War is upon us. One cannot help but think that war and its impact upon our everyday lives will be with us, both directly and indirectly, for years to come. The US coalition forces will persevere and, in the end, prevail. The costs must be measured in human lives as well as dollars. Our world has forever changed and will continue to evolve in the aftermath of the war into the unforeseeable future. Security is part of the cost of living in this new, post-9/11 world.

Port Security Strengthened in Wake of Disaster

The entire United States (and anyone else in the world with access to cable or for that matter any TV) has become intimately involved in what is sure to become the seminal event of our time. The World Trade Center terrorism will change all of our lives in some respect from the day of the event onward. The only question is how much our lives will be changed. Even after the current threats pass our lives will ever be altered

Blank Rome Advisory on New CG Regs

Blank Rome issued a Maritime Developments Advisory as follows: The United States Coast Guard issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on August 31, 2009 on long-awaited new regulations concerning the following: (i) requiring owners and operators of nontank vessels to prepare and submit oil spill nontank vessel response plans (NTVRPs); (ii) updating the international Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) requirements; and (iii) requiring owners and operators to submit their

Mississippi Anchorage Low Water Hazards

New Orleans Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) discover vessels whose rudders may have set into the mud while safely anchored. Masters and/or operators of vessels are reminded of their responsibility, as noted in 46 Code of Federal Regulations 4.05-1, to notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office whenever their vessel is involved in a marine casualty which includes any unintended grounding [46 CFR 4.05-1(a)(1)].

US Suspends Search for El Faro Survivors

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. Coast Guard will call off its search for potential survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, several media sources reported Wednesday.   The search will end Wednesday night, according to CNN, who cited family members with relatives aboard the vessel that went missing last

USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.   The mishap investigation found that the female migrant was unintentionally struck by a patrolling

MARAD’s Jaenichen Issues Statement on El Faro

Paul Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen has issued a statement following the U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement that it will suspend the search for survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro.   “All of us at the Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration

White House Backs El Faro Investigation

President Barack Obama (White House photo)

President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered condolences to the families of the 33 sailors presumed to have lost their lives aboard cargo ship El Faro which is believed to have sunk amid Hurricane Joaquin last week.    The investigation into the incident will receive the

US to Open Bids for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it is set to conduct a Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area Lease Sale 246 on Wednesday, August 19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Doors open at 7:30 and bid reading begins at 9 a.m. CDT.   

Record Low Interest in US GoM Leases

A U.S. government sale of oil and gas drilling leases in the western Gulf of Mexico attracted the lowest number of bids on record on Wednesday as slumping oil prices kept producers from plowing money into expensive offshore prospects.  

Hoover Debuts Offshore Acid Tanks

Image: Hoover Container Solutions

Hoover Container Solutions, a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has introduced acid tanks intended for transport and storage of a range of corrosive liquids and chemicals as the newest addition to its offshore product line.  

German Navy Helps Deliver Somali Migrant's Baby After Rescue

German navy staff helped deliver a Somali migrant's baby hours after the mother was rescued from the Mediterranean sea, the German armed forces said on Tuesday. Rahma, 33, from Mogadishu, gave birth to a baby girl, Sophia, on board the German rescue boat 'Schleswig Holstein' as it headed for

Boskalis to Work on Markermeer Dikes


  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has emerged as the best submitter of the tender to reinforce over 33 kilometers of dike around the Markermeer lake between the towns of Hoorn and Durgerdam, the Netherlands. This was announced by the Hollands Noorderkwartier district water board

OPEC Sees Oil Prices Returning to $80/Barrel by 2020

OPEC forecasters expect oil prices will rise by no more than $5 a barrel a year to reach $80 by 2020, with a slowing in rival non-OPEC production growth not enough to absorb the current oil glut, according to OPEC sources.   The sources said the figures came from an updated mid-term

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

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  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd to Positive

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) changed the rating for German Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd to positive from stable, thanks to cheaper fuel.   According to  Moody’s the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR)

Marine Sanitary Devices: Size Matters

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When it comes to marine sewage, it pays to measure. It turns out that the physical size of the equipment itself is not your only worry. Marine Sanitation Devices: (perhaps) the three dirtiest words in the nautical lexicon. Nevertheless, Marine Sanitary Devices – or MSD’s

Life Ring Found from Cargo Ship Missing off Bahamas

A life ring has been found from the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing on Thursday after sailing through Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter on Saturday. The Coast Guard did not say where the life ring had been found

Korean Shipbuilders in Red

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilders are struggling with huge losses stemming from the delivery of low-priced ships and a delay in the construction of offshore facilities such as drill ships.   The shipbuilders' earnings are expected to remain in the doldrums until the first half of 2016

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